Provincetown declares sewer emergency

Provincetown declares sewer emergency

“Any restaurant or food service business in this service area will need to cease operations immediately,” the town said

Provincetown declared a sewer emergency on Thursday, urging residents and businesses in a portion of the town to “drastically reduce flow” into the wastewater system while repairs are underway on the downtown sewer system.

“Our team will continue to provide updates throughout the next 48 hours,” the town said.

The emergency declared on Thursday applies to properties on the Commercial Street from Snow Street to Point Street and on Bradford Street between Conwell Street and Prince Street

The sewer emergency does not impact sewer customers that are on the gravity system, or properties with on-site septic systems

The restaurant shut-downs are needed to "prevent a further public health emergency caused by sewer overflows," Town Manager Alex Morse said

Public restrooms will be closed Thursday and Friday, and the town had 18 port-a-potties coming at 11 a.m. that were being set up on Ryder Street near Town Hall

Issues with the sewer system began on Tuesday afternoon when thunderstorms caused electrical issues at the Provincetown’s central vacuum station

On Wednesday, the town reported the system was “stabilized,” but more work was still needed as a “larger than normal wastewater volume sent into the sewer system” hampered repair efforts.

Officials anticipate needing up to 48 hours to make repairs to the vacuum system and get it running as normal, Town Manager Alex Morse said in a statement